Police have confirmed that the body found outside Scioto Grove Metro Park Thursday was that of a missing Ohio State University student, her father said Friday morning.
Toby Tokes said police told him after 10 a.m. that his daughter, Reagan Tokes, was dead.
Police are still looking for her missing car, he said.
Grove City police put out a description over the radio of Reagan Tokes’ vehicle Thursday night, saying it was missing and possibly stolen. The vehicle is described as a silver, four-door 1999 Acura. The license number is Ohio FGR 8547. The vehicle had Miami Dolphins and Block O (Ohio State) stickers in the window.
That’s the same car description is listed in a Columbus police missing persons report for 21-year-old Reagan Tokes, who was last seen leaving work at Bodega Cafe, 1044 N. High Street, in the Short North at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The body was discovered just after 1 p.m. Thursday off the long driveway that leads to the Metro Park. Grove City Police Lt. Brian Davidson said it appeared that the woman, in her 20s, had been fatally shot and police were investigating it as a homicide. The woman did not have identification on her, Davidson said, and he would not discuss where she was shot or how many times.
Tokes, a psychology major from the Toledo area, was reported missing by her two roommates and co-workers at the cafe.
Grove City police contacted Columbus police to say there was a potential link in the case.
Co-workers told Columbus police said that Tokes stayed at the restaurant to have dinner.
She was wearing a loose fitting black long sleeve shirt and black pants. One co-worker said she thought about going to the restaurant’s sister bar, Balboa, in Grandview with him but instead decided to go home. Co-workers said normally a bartender walks Tokes, who is 5 feet 1 inch tall about 120 pounds, to her car. That didn’t happen on Wednesday.
Tokes’ two roommates told police that it appeared that she never came home on Thursday morning. Her bed looked like it had not been slept in. Her laptop, which she would have needed for class, was still in her bedroom. Tokes had been depressed lately after going through a mutual breakup but did not suffer from mental illness, according to the missing person’s report.
Grove City police initially received a call at 1:10 p.m. that someone had found the body about 100 to 150 yards from the park’s entrance.
It was unclear whether the woman was killed there or her body had been dumped at the park. But Davidson said an initial search of the scene turned up no shell casings.
The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s crime scene unit was called in to process the scene.
Grove City had two homicides last year. This is the first one this year.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 614-277-1710.